When are we going to be able to step into one? Many experts believe that full adoption of autonomous vehicles won’t happen until 2030, but some vehicles with self-driving capabilities are expected by 2020. Whether they are legal to drive everywhere or to drive without an occupant – to pick up a passenger or park themselves – remains to be seen. … [Read more...] about Self-driving cars: who’s building them and how do they work?
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Commenting on the tie-up, Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Cars, said, "Volvo has been a leader in realising the potential of connecting our cars to enable new features and services such as detecting and sharing locations of slippery roads between vehicles."He also said, "With 5G, the network performance is improving to allow for many more real-time critical services that can help the driver be safer and get a smoother and more enjoyable ride. We look forward to collaborating with China Unicom on developing those services for the Chinese market." … [Read more...] about Volvo Cars partners with China Unicom for 5G technology
It was both thrilling and boring, as my first experience had been. The car handled every situation with aplomb, slowing up and speeding down when necessary, finding appropriate space in adjacent lanes, and switching between them easily. A few things stuck out: For one, the car doesn’t simply detect the speed limit and then attempt to drive it. Instead, Qualcomm’s Ride uses the speed and activity of nearby cars, along with the speed limit to determine, an “appropriate” speed. You wouldn’t blow by a line of stopped cars simply because the speed limit allows you to, and Ride won’t either. … [Read more...] about Qualcomm’s self-driving car made me never want to touch a steering wheel again
For an industry that has yet to scale a commercial product, the folks building self-driving cars sure have raised a lot of money. The latest eye-popping investment comes via Cruise, the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle unit that is mostly owned by General Motors. The company announced Tuesday that it had raised $1.15 billion, at a valuation of $19 billion—roughly one-third of the valuation of GM, despite not having sold a single car. The infusion comes from one new investor, the global asset management firm T. Rowe Price Associates, plus existing partners GM, Honda, and the Softbank Vision Fund, which poured $2.25 billion into the self-driving unit a year ago. Cruise says it has raised $7.25 billion in the past year, which places it in the top tier of AV fund-raisers. … [Read more...] about Cruise’s $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech
The area will be a place to develop smart connected cars and smart transportation featuring multiple scenarios, cloud management, simulated tests and data support. Companies and researchers would be able to test commuting, logistics and delivery technologies as well as those related to road cleaning, said Dai Binbin, head of the Haidian district government. … [Read more...] about Self-driving sector gains momentum